Dental Care Questions From Kids!

How many teeth do I have?

Most people eventually have 32 teeth, including wisdom teeth.

When will I lose my baby teeth?

Starting at 6 to 7 years, baby teeth loosen and fall out to make room for the permanent teeth. Losing baby teeth is a natural part of growing up, and new, permanent teeth quickly will replace the lost teeth.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth usually appear when you’re between the ages of 18 and 20 at the very back of your mouth. They are called “wisdom teeth” because they appear relatively late in life (as far as teeth go!), when you are presumably wiser.

How can I keep my teeth strong?

Basic oral care requires brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly, eating the right kinds of food and visiting your dentist.

What food is good for my teeth?

Your teeth and gums need a balanced diet. That means fruits and vegetables; breads and non-sugary cereals; milk and dairy products; and meat, fish and eggs.

What food is bad for my teeth?

Eating sugary snacks, such as candy bars, cookies and ice cream, and drinking acidic beverages like sports drinks and soda, can lead to tooth decay. That doesn’t mean you can’t ever eat those kinds of treats; but too much drinking can cause all kinds of problems, including cavities.

Why shouldn’t I swallow toothpaste?

This should be avoided because the fluoride in toothpaste is absorbed by the body and can contribute to a condition known as “dental fluorosis,” in which fine white lines become visible on teeth.

What’s plaque?

Plaque is a nearly colorless film on teeth that contains acid-producing bacteria that cause decay. Eating certain kinds of food — especially food with lots of sugar and starch — can contribute to plaque build-up. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove plaque.

Why do I need to floss?

Brushing your teeth helps remove most dental plaque, but only flossing can remove plaque from between your teeth.

What’s a cavity?

A cavity is a hole in your tooth that can grow bigger and deeper over time. Cavities are caused by plaque.

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We Look Forward To Welcoming You And Your Child…

You will find our office to be a pleasant and caring environment. We know a positive experience can set the tone for your child’s future dental health. That is why our office has been designed to be “kid friendly”. Even more importantly, our pediatric dentists and professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. We establish trust with your child by creating a safe and happy place for them to be. The latest in dental technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.

We are open Monday through Saturday and offer appointments as early as 7:30am

The first checkup is recommended at the first birthday. Our patients generally stay with us until they graduate high school. We are proud to say we are now seeing the children of former patients, as the practice was established in 1973 by Dr. Robert Harmon.

We have 24 hour coverage for our patient’s dental emergencies. There is a pediatric dentist on call at all times. Should you need after hours advice or emergency care, simply dial our telephone number and our message will direct you.

Are we accepting new patients? Yes, absolutely! We are happy to welcome new patients to our practice and we appreciate your referring your friends and family to us.

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